EXCLUSIVE: Phil Collins will be GRILLED under oath by his ex-wife’s lawyers when he returns from Genesis tour after she claimed the singer had horrible hygiene, was ‘drunk by mid-morning’ and addicted to painkillers in battle over $40m Miami mansion
- Phil Collins will be questioned under oath by his ex-wife Orianne Bates’ lawyers about alleged drug use and bad hygiene, DailyMail.com can reveal
- Bates’ lawyers plan to depose Collins on camera in December when he returns from his Genesis comeback tour, The Last Domino
- The Genesis singer tried to stop his ex from suing him for half of their former Miami Beach home, but a judge has ruled the case can go ahead
- Her lawsuit is an attempt to obtain 50% of the house from Collins, which she claims Collins verbally promised to her
- Bates claimed that living with Collins was unbearable after he became a hermit and refused to shower for nearly a year from 2019-2020
- Collins lawyers say his ex’s allegations are ‘scandalous, scurrilous, unethical and, for the most part, patently false or grossly exaggerated’
Legendary musician Phil Collins will be grilled under oath by his ex-wife’s lawyers about alleged drug use and bad hygiene in a court battle over their Miami mansion.
The Genesis singer tried to stop ex Orianne Bates from suing him for half of their former Miami Beach home, but a judge has ruled the case can go ahead.
Now Bates’ lawyers plan to depose Collins on camera in December when he returns from his Genesis comeback tour, The Last Domino.
Bates, who married 32-year-old Tom Bates last year, has made a slew of unpleasant claims in previous filings, alleging the Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winning musician started drinking heavily and popping prescription pills, failed to brush his teeth for months, stopped showering, became ‘depressed’, ‘abusive’ and ‘incapable of having sex’.
Her lawsuit is an attempt to obtain 50% of the house from Collins, which Bates claims Collins verbally promised to her.
Phil Collins will be questioned under oath by his ex-wife Orianne Bates’ lawyers about alleged drug use and bad hygiene, DailyMail.com can reveal
Bates’ lawyers plan to depose Collins on camera in December when he returns from his Genesis comeback tour, The Last Domino. He’s pictured on stage in Scotland earlier this month
Thanks to an October 8 ruling by Miami judge Carlos Guzman, Bates’ attorney Richard Wolfe can now apply for a subpoena to quiz the drummer under oath about the claims.
Collins lawyers say his ex’s allegations are ‘scandalous, scurrilous, unethical and, for the most part, patently false or grossly exaggerated.’
Bates, who married 32-year-old Tom Bates last year, has made a slew of unpleasant claims in previous filings against Collins
Bates, a Swiss-Thai jewelry designer, claimed the 69-year-old Grammy winner ‘stopped showering, brushing his teeth and dressing properly’ from 2019 until August 2020.
Her court filings said Collins’ ‘stench became so pervasive that he became a hermit, refusing to interact personally with any people,’ and that she had no choice but to keep her distance from him.
Bates, 46, alleged that in 2017 Collins started drinking heavily and abusing prescription pills, claiming that he’d often ‘fall down from the combination of prescription medicines and excessive alcohol.’
She said that ‘on multiple occasions, he hit his head when he fell, and checked into hospitals under an alias.’
Her papers claim Collins has ‘collapsed on stage when performing because he was so impaired he could not stand up.’
She also claimed that by 2019, Collins ‘became increasingly depressed, withdrawn, abusive and following an operation on his back, increasingly addicted to antidepressants and painkillers.’
‘He was incapable of having sex,’ she wrote in her court filing. ‘He stopped showering, brushing his teeth and dressing properly (in fact, he did not shower or brush his teeth from 2019 until August 2020 when he vacated [their Miami Beach home]).’
Phil’s legal team dismissed Bates’ allegations as ‘totally immaterial’ to the dispute over the house. The lawyer added that Bates’ claims about Collins’ hygiene were ‘scandalous, scurrilous, unethical and, for the most part, patently false or grossly exaggerated.’
The Genesis singer tried to stop his ex from suing him for half of their former Miami Beach home, but a judge has ruled the case can go ahead
This comes after Collins tried for months to have her kicked off his property after she secretly married Bates, an aspiring musician 38 years Collins’ junior, and moved him in
A source close to the case told DailyMail.com: ‘Phil will be called to give deposition in this case now despite his efforts to stop Orianne and her lawyers.
‘It’s going to be uncomfortable for Phil because he is notoriously shy and private, but questions will be asked about his life.
‘Orianne is adamant she wants the world to know her truth and feels that justice would be Phil giving her half the proceeds of the house, which she insists he verbally promised when they split.
‘So questions about Phil’s mindset, mental state, personal behaviour and acts are all potentially on the table. Certainly if her lawyer could convince a jury that Phil’s mind was impacted by alleged drug and drink use then that helps her case.
‘Certainly while matters about his hygiene and intimate interactions with her may seem frivolous, this potentially paints a picture of the unusual nature of their relationship.
‘The ball now is in Phil’s court about how much he wants to bring out publicly or discuss because these depositions will be videotaped.’
A friend of Bates who asked not to be named added: ‘Orianne feels that while her reputation is being questioned, ideally she would simply walk away if they split the house profits.
‘People forget they still share two children together and she feels that while she loves him, she just wants what’s right.’
The pair married in 1999 and had sons Nicholas, 19, and Matthew, 15, before splitting seven years later and then shocking the world by getting back together in 2016
Bates and Collins, who is currently midway through the Genesis comeback tour The Last Domino, were married for nine years before calling it quits in 2008.
They have two sons together, 19-year-old Nicholas and 15-year-old Matthew.
At the time of their split, Collins had to pay Bates a record-breaking $46.76 million in their divorce settlement.
The pair reconciled in 2016, but didn’t remarry and eventually split for good. Bates married her new husband, musician and Miami businessman Thomas Bates, in August and continued to live in the home she and Collins once shared.
Her lawyers say Phil orally agreed to give her half the value of the Miami Beach home, which was formerly owned by Jennifer Lopez.
A spokesman for Bates said: ‘We are happy for the win in this matter, look forward to the case moving forward, and as she has said from the beginning, we expect justice to be served.’
Wolfe added: ‘I have spoken with Phil’s counsel and anticipate his deposition sometime in December after his current tour.
‘We have always been ready and willing to discuss a resolution. Orianne has warm feelings for Phil as they have children together and she only wants what is fair and reasonable, and what Phil agreed to.’
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